EMQ’s with THE PETTY SAINTS
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with San Diego, California based Rock N Roll band, The Petty Saints. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist, Ciaran O’Reilly, for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
I’m Ciaran, I play guitar and Sing in the Petty Saints. We are a San Diego based band that started up shortly after I moved over to the States from London. We all met pretty organically which is pretty cool. We all just had the same kind of vision for the band in mind so we started going and kept on moving in that direction.
How did you come up with your band name?
Me and Brett came up with it before anyone else was really even on board. It had the feel and aesthetic of a band name that sounded like it would fit where we wanted to take the band. It sounds kind of like a gang, which is what I like to think of a band as.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
The band is based in San Diego, CA. It’s a pretty tight scene here and everyone is willing to give you an opportunity to play. A lot of scenes are harder to break into but everyone is very welcoming here. I’m originally from London and that is a lot tougher of a city to get going in. It’s a big place with a lot going on so it’s tough to get anyone to stop and listen to what you are doing.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our First Full Length is called, “Long Way Home”, which was released on July 30th. We also have a two videos out for the singles off of the album ‘Clean Hands And Guilt’ and ‘That’s A Lie’.
‘Clean Hands And Guilt’ (Official Video)
‘That’s A Lie’ (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
All of us in the band have different influences, but mine for this album have varied between stadium rock artists like Bruce Springsteen and The Killers to Americana Artists like James McMurtry.
What first got you into music?
I was never great at sports, or anything else you were supposed to be good at, growing up. When I got to about 15, I really started listening to bands, and I remember when I went to my first concerts seeing those guys on the stage thinking how much I wished I could be them. Then I started hanging around my local guitar store every weekend. I became obsessed with this cheap Les Paul knockoff and would play it every week until eventually I got the money to buy it. I was probably more excited about the feeling that holding a guitar gave you than anything else…because I still couldn’t even play the damn thing. I ended up learning on a cheap Dreadnought guitar from one of my Mums Catalogue’s with action as high as you can imagine. My fingers got really cut up on that thing. But I loved it the second I started playing.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?
I would love to collaborate with Eddie Vedder…his voice is just insane. He collaborates on a lot of smaller bands’ stuff and he always brings them up to another level.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Glastonbury, no doubt!! Playing in front of a home crowd in the pissing rain. Sounds glorious!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Nothing super weird to be honest, guess we’ve been lucky so far!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Come to a show!! That’s where we really come alive, and everyone has been locked in the house for too long so come down, watch us play, join in the singing and have a very tall drink!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
I’d love for Elvis to have hung around and had his comeback. He brought an album out after the 68’ comeback special called ‘From Elvis in Memphis’. That album is insanely good, and a flash of the brilliance from his early years but with a fresher sound for the times. After that he went and did the Vegas stuff and we know what happened next. I’d like for him to have come back and get a chance at the revival that Johnny Cash got! So, if I could bring back the King that would be it for me.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love songwriting and I love playing shows…I hate how hard you have to work to be any good at both of those things.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I’d make it fairer for Artists again and easier for them and Labels to make money. If Labels are making money, they will take time to foster artists and develop them. If labels didn’t take a chance and wait some bands out, we wouldn’t have a lot of the greatest artists and albums around today. Very few bands write their best stuff straight away, it takes time. Time isn’t something many bands have these days!
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Johnny Cash – “Live At Folsom”.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl. Download is great for finding lots of bands you might not otherwise have found, but there is nothing like the crackle of a vinyl. Taking the full album in track by track.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
The next one.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Tearing my hair out and going crazy. I need the creative outlet and I honestly don’t know what I would do without it.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Matthew McConaughey (I could listen to that man talk all day; there’s a fine line between genius and crazy…he’s right on that line), Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, Elvis and my Grandfather.
What’s next for the band?
The Album was released July 30th and then we hit the road playing shows.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Mainly Instagram, but our music is available on all platforms!
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
For me it’s a biscuit, It’s all about the ritual. When do I eat cake? Birthdays, after a dinner as a dessert or something. When do I eat a biscuit? With a cup of tea watching some weird Channel 4 documentary. Clearly the Jaffa falls under the cup of tea category. Hence a biscuit.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Just want to say thanks for chatting to us and make sure everyone checks out our new album “Long Way Home” which came out on July 30th on all Platforms!!!
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